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House-proud Picasso Biographer John Richardson Was a Master of Domestic Bliss

“I like to mix things up so that they galvanize each other to life,” Richardson observes in the book about his haute bohème aesthetic. That goes for architecture, too. Though the loft has been ennobled with towering pilasters and rusticated wainscot—thank you, architect Ernesto Buch—the exposed sprinklers and steam pipes lend a bracing twist. Like the footnotes in Richardson’s books, they enrich rather than detract, adding their own truth to an autobiography smartly told.

François Halard/Courtesy of Rizzoli

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